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This profile was last updated on 11/15/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Charter Member, Funds Scholarship...

Phone: (805) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  California , United States
Coast Union High School
2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road
Cambria , California 93428
United States



  • Coast Union High School
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San Luis Obispo Tribune | 11/15/2004 | The art of longevity, 15 Nov 2004 [cached]
At 104 years old, artist Elva Gould may have mastered it; she credits her health to clean living and 'good home cooking,' but others see her passion for painting as key to her long life
CAYUCOS - Elva Gould walked through a door Sunday at the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall and stepped into a century of history.
She stood before a slice of her life's work: paintings of Bora Bora, Tahiti and Hawaii, interspersed with images from her Central Coast back yard.
That organization, of which Gould is a charter member, funds scholarships for young art students at Coast Union High School and pays for an art teacher at Cayucos Elementary School -- all at a time when funding for the arts has all but evaporated.
Gould was born in 1900 in Oklahoma -- about seven years before the territory became a state -- and has been inspired by scenes from across America.
Her father was a rancher, and the first work she sold -- at the age of 14, she said -- was a painting of a herd of longhorn cattle.
"I sold it to (a family friend) for $10," she recalled."I didn't really care if I got any money -- I just had to do something with it."
As time passed, Gould became increasingly interested in the arts.She continued to paint but went on to college and became a school teacher.
By 1936, she had married and had a child, and her small family moved to Visalia.
Her husband was a paint contractor, while Gould had a beauty shop in her home.Still, she continued to paint, and she eventually moved to Cayucos around 1960.
After her husband died about 20 years later, Gould decided to take on the world.
During the 1980s, she traveled with a friend throughout Europe, the South Pacific and Asia, absorbing the scenery that would later play out on her canvasses.
"She didn't want to work and I didn't care, so we just had fun," Gould said.
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